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Windows 7: Changing the icon of an attached network device?

17 Mar 2011   #1
dannymac63

7 Ultimate x64, 7 Professional x64, 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Changing the icon of an attached network device?

I've managed to utilize the search feature to change almost every single icon in my system, this is one of the few that I'm certain I'd like to change but can not find a method to get it done.

I have 2 Desktops, 3 Notebooks, 2 Phones, 1 Printer-Scanner-Copier, 2 TV's that are normally in the network and I'd really love to utilize custom icons I've made specifically for them. They're not amazing, but I like my Antec 1200 icon better than the regular My Computer icon.

I've attempted searching the registry for every instance of "imageres.dll,-109" - The standard Computer icon in Windows 7. I've tried changing it to a different unused testing icon, though I haven't tried restarting the machine after every change. I'm not sure if the icon in the Network area is even listed in the registry or if it's using some random copy of the same Computer icon.

If anyone can help me figure this out, you will have my respect forever. If there's something in the tutorials section that I've overlooked, please forgive me...and point me in that direction!

Picture very much related.




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22 May 2011   #2
lharris73

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

I am in pretty much the same situation! anyone that can help?
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22 May 2011   #3
xxxdannyxxx

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Hi dannymac63 & lHarris73

The "My computer icon" is located in these .dll files
system32\imageres.109
system32\shell32.16

And if your running 64bit also

sysWOW64\imageres.109
sysWOW64\shell32.16

Replace these icons with your new one and that will get you to where you want to be

Danny

P.S You do need to reboot for the changes to take effect
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24 May 2011   #4
lharris73

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

how about with using RegEdit?
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24 May 2011   #5
dannymac63

7 Ultimate x64, 7 Professional x64, 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by xxxdannyxxx View Post
Hi dannymac63 & lHarris73

The "My computer icon" is located in these .dll files
system32\imageres.109
system32\shell32.16

And if your running 64bit also

sysWOW64\imageres.109
sysWOW64\shell32.16

Replace these icons with your new one and that will get you to where you want to be

Danny

P.S You do need to reboot for the changes to take effect
I had already done the exact same thing with imageres.dll 109, but I went ahead and did the same for shell32.dll 16, rebooted, and nothing changed.

I went ahead and searched for the string "shell32.dll,-16" in the registry, and it doesn't look like it's utilized directly through a registry key anywhere in a standard Windows 7 install.

I'm still stumped by this one. xxxdannyxxx do you have a screenshot of modified networked computer icons?
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24 May 2011   #6
xxxdannyxxx

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Dannymac63

Ive changed all my icons using the method above.What process are you using did you change the icons in sysWOW64 aswell. What program are you using to change them.

Danny


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24 May 2011   #7
xxxdannyxxx

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lharris73 View Post
how about with using RegEdit?
It would be much harder to find the icon locations in reg edit unless you know where they are.This is the best and easiest way to do them.

MAKE BACK UPS FIRST

Danny
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24 May 2011   #8
dannymac63

7 Ultimate x64, 7 Professional x64, 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

xxxdannyxxx, I've been able to switch every other icon, every folder, device, location you name it, except for networked devices such as my file server or television.

I've used microangelo's suite of icon/dll editing software to modify/create my own icon sets. Like I said, I haven't had an issue with a single icon except these pesky network devices.

I appreciate the screen shots, is there a shot of your networked devices though?? I'm reading this on my iPhone so forgive me if I missed something, this screen is too damn tiny.
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24 May 2011   #9
xxxdannyxxx

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Im not on any network so I cant im afraid. Its possible those icons may be related to the devices and printers icons.If they show the same icon in devices and printers try looking on Ddores.dll in system32 and sysWOW64 as these dlls controll those icons.Will have a better look tonight when im home from work.If not im sure someone here will know.

Dont know if this will help Network Name and Icon - Change

This may sound dumb but is there a right click on icon properties tab to do this with.I cant check because I dont have any or does that just open the device properties

Danny
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24 May 2011   #10
Oaken

Windows 7
 
 

Are you wanting to change individual icons or just the generic one?
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